Coast to Coast Overtime Pay Suit Settled Outside Court, According to Court Documents
May 6, 2011

Raymond Nelson Mejia, a former New York-based installer for Coast to Coast Auto Glass who filed suit against the company in November seeking overtime pay, has reached a settlement agreement with the company, according to court documents.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and the official "Settlement Agreement," approved by the court last week, has not been made public. As a result of the settlement, the court has approved an order of final dismissal, "with no award of attorneys' fees, costs or disbursements by the court to any party."

Mejia had alleged that as an installer for the company, he regularly worked more than 40 hours per week in a nonexempt position, but that Coast to Coast "refused to pay him time and a half for overtime, often paying him on a 'piece rate' basis with no additional premiums for overtime work performed." Mejia also claimed that he worked a shift of more than six hours extending over the noon day meal timeframe and that the company "failed to provide [him] at least thirty minutes for the noon day meal."

Though Mejia had amended his complaint to seek a class action suit in February, he filed a second amended complaint amidst the settlement discussions on April 14, removing his request for a possible class action.

At press time, neither Penn Dodson of the law firm of Goldberg & Dohan, who represented Mejia, nor Coast to Coast spokesperson Rhonda Jacobson, had responded to requests for comment. Marc Wenger of Jackson Lewis LLP, whose law firm represented Coast to Coast in the case, declined to comment on details of the settlement.

Wenger's firm had filed a motion on March 14 seeking additional time to respond to the complaint, citing the settlement discussions.

"The parties actively are involved in settlement discussions and request this extension with plaintiffs' consent to permit the parties to conclude their negotiations," wrote Wenger.

This is the second suit filed against Coast to Coast related to such claims; the first was filed in October by a former Florida sales representative and was resolved outside of court in late November.

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